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Bauer's Stars of the Week

Stars of the Week Week of March 9, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Andrew Miller - Bismarck Bobcats

Andrew Miller

Bismarck goalie Andrew Miller, 20, picked right up in March where he left off in February when he was named the NAHL’s Goalie of the Month. The 5’11/183 lbs. native of Boulder, Colorado, helped the Bobcats to a weekend home sweep of the 1st place Aberdeen Wings this past weekend, stopping 65 of a possible 66 shots in the two wins. On Friday, the Minnesota State commit made 35 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, the NAPHL grad stopped all 30 shots that came his way for his fourth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win. For the season, Miller has a 21-7-4 record with a 2.33 goals against average and .910 save percentage. “Andrew was exceptional this weekend, especially on Friday night where he made some big time saves when we needed them. He’s working extremely hard on certain areas of his game and it’s awesome to see him get rewarded,” said Bismarck head coach Layne Sedevie.

 

2nd Star: Kyler Kleven, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Aquaro, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Jay Buchholz, F, Minot Minotauros – Isak Johansson, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Aaron Myers, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Jed Pietila, D, Austin Bruins – Carson Riddle, F, Austin Bruins – Lars Rødne, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Alex Tracy - Johnstown Tomahawks

Alex Tracy

Johnstown Tomahawks goalie Alex Tracy, 18, had quite the week, picking up four wins for the 2nd place Tomahawks. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Chicago, Illinois, stopped 136 of 140 shots in the four wins. Tracy began the week with 27 saves in a 6-2 win over Maine on Monday. On Tuesday, he came in halfway through the game and stopped all 23 shots that came his way in a 6-3 win over Maine. During the weekend, Tracy allowed just two goals on 88 shots in a weekend road sweep in Maryland, which included a 49-save shutout on Saturday. “It may be hard to find enough good words to describe Alex's play this week. He played really well during the weekday games to get us off on the right foot and he carried his stellar play into the weekend. He was a rock for us all week long as he has continued to be for us this season. Given the workload and his individual performance this week, this may be one of the most deserving Stars of the Week we have ever had and I could not be prouder of Alex,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

 

2nd Star: Lincoln Hatten, F, WBS Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Zak Currie, F, WBS Knights – Ethan Destefani, F, Northeast Generals – Christian Gorscak, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Liam Hansson, F, Jamestown Rebels – Shane Haviland, F, New Jersey Titans – Ryan McInchak, G, New Jersey Titans – Joey Stanizzi, G, Northeast Generals – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Landon Pavlisin - Kenai River Brown Bears

Landon Pavlisin

The Kenai River Brown Bears and goalie Landon Pavlisin, 20, got back on track this past weekend with a home sweep against the Amarillo Bulls. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Orange, California, was in goal for both wins over the Bulls, stopping 66 of 69 shots over the weekend. On Friday, Pavlisin made 33 saves in a 3-2 win, and then on Saturday, he again made 33 saves in a 5-1 win over the Bulls. Pavlisin recently played for the Central Division team at the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. “Landon played very well for us this weekend. He battled hard both nights and made some big saves for us late in both games. He worked hard during our off week to get himself refocused and prepared for this weekend and it paid off,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.

 

2nd Star: Parker Lindauer, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Bohlin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Tyler Deweese, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Carson Jones, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Devlin McCabe, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Quinn, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Jack Rhode, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Riley Sims, G, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Evan Carroll - Corpus Christi IceRays

Evan Carroll

Corpus Christi IceRays forward Evan Carroll, 18, helped his club pick up a weekend split in New Mexico against the Ice Wolves. The 6’0/180 lbs. native of Flint, Michigan, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was +2 in the two wins. On Friday, Carroll picked up an assist in a 4-3 loss. On Saturday, he had two goals and an assist in a 5-0 win. For the season, Carroll has 18 points in 53 games played. “Evan created his chances this weekend through his effort and play away from the puck. He did a nice job supporting his line mates and cashed in when he got his opportunities.

 

2nd Star: Carson Nichols, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Guy Blessing, G, Topeka Pilots – Jeremy Forman, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Warren Natyshak, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

 

Stars of the Week Week of March 2, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Aaron Myers - Minnesota Wilderness

Aaron Myers

It was a big weekend for Wilderness forward and Bemidji State recruit Aaron Myers, 20, who led his team to two important overtime wins against the Chippewa Steel. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Thief River Falls, Minnesota, had four goals and was a +5 in the two wins, which included two goals in a 7-6 overtime win on Friday night and two more goals, including the overtime-winner, in a 5-4 win on Saturday night. For the season, has 31 points in 30 games played this season. “Aaron’s performance was exceptional this past weekend. Offensively, he created chances and capitalized on his opportunities. He was just as exceptional defensively and won key face-offs for us in our own zone,” said Wilderness head coach Jon Vaillancourt.

 

2nd Star: George Grannis, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nate Horn, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Hugh Larkin, F, Austin Bruins – Josef Mysak, D, Austin Bruins – Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Spencer Schneider, F, Aberdeen Wings – Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Cooper Black - Maryland Black Bears

Cooper Black

Maryland Black Bears goalie Cooper Black, 18, had a big weekend to help his team pick up a weekend home sweep over the Jamestown Rebels and stay in the fourth and final playoff position in the East Division. The 6’7/195 lbs. native of Aplena, Michigan, allowed just a single goal in the two wins. On Friday, Black, who played in the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, posted his second shutout of the season as he stopped all 18 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, he made 17 saves in a 2-1 win. For the season, Black has a 9-6-3 record with a 2.58 goals against average and a .916 save percentage. “No one deserves this more than Cooper. He is a consummate teammate and has worked hard for us all year long. He is very talented, but his work ethic is what impresses us the most. He truly cares about his teammates, but it is nice to see such a team-first guy have a little individual success,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

 

2nd Star: Michael Outzen, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ricky Boysen, F, Northeast Generals – Mick Henegan, D, Northeast Generals – Jon Howe, G, Jamestown Rebels – Kyle Jeffers, F, New Jersey Titans – Shane Murphy, F, WBS Knights – Hampus Rydqvist, D, Maryland Black Bears – Nick Siffringer, F, Jamestown Rebels – Artur Turansky, F, WBS Knights

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Dysen Skinner - Minnesota Magicians

Dysen Skinner

Minnesota Magicians goalie Dysen Skinner, 21, had a big week as he backstopped the Magicians to three wins as they moved into the fourth and final playoff spot in the Midwest Division with just nine games remaining in the regular season. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Billings, Montana, who is both an NA3HL and NAPHL graduate, stopped a total of 92 of a possible 97 shots in three wins. On Friday, Skinner, who began the season with the North Iowa Bulls in the NA3HL, stopped all 24 shots that came his way for his first NAHL shutout in a 4-0 road win in St. Cloud. On Saturday, he made 26 saves in a 7-3 home win over the Blizzard. On Sunday, he made a season-high 42 saves in a 3-2 win at Chippewa. For the season, Skinner has a 12-6-2 record with a 2.85 goals against average and a .914 save percentage. “We are incredibly proud of Dysen’s performance this past week, as well as, his play since he arrived to play for the Magicians. He has truly embraced his opportunity here and the team believes in him. Dysen is a workhorse in the net and his competitive nature is admirable,” said Magicians head coach AJ Bucchino.

 

2nd Star: Parker Lindauer, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trevor Kukkonen, F, Minnesota Magicians – Riley Sims, G, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Brent Keefer - Shreveport Mudbugs

Brent Keefer

Shreveport Mudbugs forward Brent Keefer, 18, had his best weekend of the 2019-20 season as he helped the Mudbugs to a weekend sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. The 6’0/160 lbs. native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, scored four goals in the two wins and had a +5 rating. On Friday, Keefer, who is an NAPHL graduate, recorded his first career NAHL hat-trick in a 6-0 win. On Saturday, he scored again in a 3-0 win. For the season, Keefer has 15 points in 37 games played. “Brent had a great weekend with a mixture of dirty goals and goals that allowed him exhibit the skill set he possesses.  He’s put a lot of extra time in at the rink lately, which translated to success on the score sheet this weekend.  He has good feet, hands, shot, and poise with the puck.  All these played a role in his play this weekend,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

 

2nd Star: Maiszon Balboa, G, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cayden Bailey, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Guy Blessing, G, Topeka Pilots – Noah Carlin, D, Amarillo Bulls – Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Bulls – Josh Langford, G, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 24, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Mack Byers - Aberdeen Wings

Mack Byers

Aberdeen Wings forward Mack Byers, 21, helped his team hold their 1st place lead with a weekend home split against the Austin Bruins. The 6’1/175 lbs. native of Long Lake, Minnesota, and Northern Michigan recruit had three points in the two games. On Friday, Byers had an assist and the game-winning shootout goal in a 3-2 shootout win. On Saturday, he scored both of his team’s goals, which also were both shorthanded, in a 5-2 loss. In 31 games played his season, Byers has 39 points. “Mack’s work ethic is top notch. This in addition to his speed, skill and ability to score has been a big addition to our team. Mack is a player that conducts himself like a pro everyday, and leads by example. He’s a strong piece to the Aberdeen Wings,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

 

2nd Star: Garrett Worth, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jack Conroy, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Will Hillman, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Brett Miller, G, Austin Bruins – Josef Mysak, D, Austin Bruins – Tyler Watkins, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Gerard Marretta - Northeast Generals

Gerard Marretta

Northeast Generals forward Gerard Marretta, 21, had a huge weekend as the Generals stayed in the East Division playoff race with two road wins in a three-game series with the Maine Nordiques. The 5’9/183 lbs. native of Monroe, New Jersey, had nine points in the three games. On Friday, he had seven points, including a goal and six assists in a 10-7 win. On Saturday, he had a goal in a 5-2 loss, and the on Sunday he had another goal in a 3-2 win. “Gerard has a monster weekend for us. This was a must win weekend as far as our playoff hopes go and he set the tone for us on Friday with seven points. He was relentless on the forecheck and was a lot to handle down low.  He continued his great play on Saturday and then was huge again on Sunday where he won a ton of battles and did what a good Captain does and kept the boys up and helped us close out a 3-2 win,” said Generals head coach and GM Bryan Erikson.

 

2nd Star: Liam Hansson, D, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Johnny Kaljian, F, WBS Knights – Andrius Kulbis-Marino, D, Maine Nordiques – Anthony Mastromonica, F, WBS Knights – Dylan Schuett, F, Northeast Generals – Casper Soderling, D, Maine Nordiques – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Mattias Sholl - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Mattias Sholl

Fairbanks Ice Dogs and NAHL Top Prospects goalie Mattis Sholl, 19, won both his starts this weekend as Fairbanks took two of three games in a weekend series in Springfield against the Jr. Blues. The 5’10/165 lbs. native of Hermosa Beach, California, allowed just a single goal on 40 shots in the two wins. On Saturday, he stopped all 18 shots that came his way in a 7-0 shutout and then on Sunday, he stopped 21 of 22 shots in a 4-1 win. For the season, Sholl leads the NAHL in wins with 28 and ranks in the Top 10 in both goals against average (2.01) and save percentage (.923). “Mattias battled hard this weekend as he has logged a lot of minutes. He was very composed and played the puck extremely well,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

 

2nd Star: TJ Sagissor, Forward, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Parker Brown, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Chris Konin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Parker Lindauer, F, Janesville Jets – Grant Riley, G, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Matt Guerra - Lone Star Brahmas

Matt Guerra

It was quite the week for Lone Star Brahmas forward Matt Guerra. The 20-year-old native of Sanford, Florida, who played in the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, led the Brahmas to two road wins in Corpus Christi this past weekend, which came just days after his commitment to Robert Morris University. Guerra (5’10/181) had seven points in the two wins, which included two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win on Friday and a goal and three assists in another 4-2 win on Saturday, Guerra also scored both game-winning goals on the weekend. “There is a lot of pressure on 20-year-olds like Matt in our league, not only to lead and produce for their teams, but to earn an NCAA commitment. I have to give Matt credit because he has stuck with the process and it has paid off for him in his play, especially at Top Prospects and into this week. I was glad to see it pay of for him with the commitment earlier this week and he didn’t take his foot off the gas pedal this weekend,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

 

2nd Star: Matt Allen, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Charlie Glockner, G, Amarillo Bulls – Josh Langford, G, Topeka Pilots – Nick Nardecchia, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 17, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Kyler Kleven - Minot Minotauros

Kyler Kleven

Minot Minotauros and 2020 NAHL Top Prospects forward and leading scorer Kyler Kleven, 19, had a big weekend as he led his club to a weekend road sweep of the St. Cloud Blizzard. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Moorhead, Minnesota, had six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, he scored two goals and added two assists in an 11-3 win, and then on Saturday he had two more assists in a 5-0 shutout win. For the season, Kleven leads the Minotauros in scoring with 47 points in 43 games played to date. “Kyler has been playing very good hockey for an extended period of time. He is playing with a lot of confidence and his entire line has been clicking. He is getting much deserved NCAA D1 interest right now and I look forward to watching him at Top Prospects over the next couple of days,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

 

2nd Star: Andrew Miller, G, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jakub Breault, F, Aberdeen Wings – Barrett Brooks, F, Austin Bruins – Isak Johansson, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Josef Mysak, D, Austin Bruins – Lars Rodne, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Dan Russell, F, Minot Minotauros – Henry Welsch, G, Aberdeen Wings – Colin West, F, St. Cloud Blizzard

 

East Star of the Week: Ryan Kuzmich - Northeast Generals

Ryan Kuzmich

Northeast Generals forward Ryan Kuzmich, 19, had his best weekend of the 2019-20 season as he helped his club to a weekend road split against 1st place New Jersey. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Norton, Massachusetts, had five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the two games and was a +4. On Friday, had a goal and an assist in a 6-2 loss. On Saturday, Kuzmich had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 7-3 win. For the season, Kuzmich has eight points in 22 games played. “Ryan has worked so hard for us this year.  He has been a little snake-bitten so it was so great to see all of his extra work on and off the ice payoff in a big way this past weekend. He took his game to the next level and showed the offensive ability we have seen in him the last few years. We are looking forward to Ryan building on it the rest of the year and into next year,” said Generals head coach and GM Bryan Erikson.

 

2nd Star: Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Malik Alishlalov, D, Johnstown Tomahawks – Cam Gaudette, D, Northeast Generals – Kyler Head, F, New Jersey Titans – Timmy Kent, F, Maine Nordiques – Mitch Machlitt, F, New Jersey Titans – Jackson Sterrett, F, Maryland Black Bears – Avery Sturtz, G, Maine Nordiques – Aaron Swanson, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Tyler Deweese - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Tyler Deweese

Ice Dogs forward Tyler Deweese, 20, helped his club to two road wins this past weekend as the Ice Dogs point streak hit 17 straight games. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Fairbanks, Alaska, scored a goal in each of the two wins and was a +1 on the weekend. On Friday, Deweese had one of two regulation goals in a 3-2 shootout win against the Chippewa Steel. On Saturday, he had another goal in a 4-3 overtime win against the Minnesota Magicians. For the season, Deweese has 30 points in 47 games played. “Tyler has really stepped up his game and showed some incredible leadership this season. He came up with some big goals this weekend and we will need him to keep producing as we prepare for the playoffs,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

 

2nd Star: Josh Bohlin, Forward, Minnesota Magicians

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Lucas Kanta, F, Minnesota Magicians – Oliver Kjaer, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Hunter Longhi, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Cole Schneider, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Henrik Laursen - New Mexico Ice Wolves

Henrik Laursen

The New Mexico Ice Wolves continued their hot play with a weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. Goaltender Henrik Laursen, 20, started and won both games, allowing just two goals on 61 shots during the weekend. On Friday, the 6’3/180 lbs. native of Bloomfield, Michigan, made 27 saves in a 4-1 win. On Saturday, he made 32 saves in another 4-1 win. For the season, Laursen has a 6-9-2 record in 19 appearances with a 3.10 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. “I’m extremely happy for Henrik earning this honor. He has worked hard all year, and it’s paying off for him. He’s been really good for our team,” said New Mexico head coach Phil Fox.

 

2nd Star: Giovanni Procopio, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Allen, F, Amarillo Bulls – Quinn Green, F, Topeka Pilots – Austin McCarthy, F, Topeka Pilots – Niclas Puikkonen, F, Amarillo Bulls – Griffen Sanom, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 10, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Cooper Haar - Aberdeen Wings

Cooper Haar

Aberdeen Wings forward Cooper Haar, 20, helped his team widen their lead atop the Central Division with a weekend home sweep of the Minot Minotauros. The 6’2/209 lbs. native of Huntington Beach, California, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in the two wins. That included two goals and an assist in Friday’s 4-3 win and another goal in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win. For the season, Haar, who will be on Team Central at the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, is 2nd in team scoring with 39 points in 42 games played so far this season. “Cooper has been an added difference maker both on the ice and in the dressing room. He is a mature player that has a desire to win every night, and that desire is contagious. Cooper’s weekend was a big boost to get us heading in the right direction,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

 

2nd Star: Jay Buchholz, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Aquaro, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Isak Johansson, G, Minnesota Wilderness – Kimball Johnson, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Kyler Kleven, F, Minot Minotauros – Andrew Miller, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Connor Mylymok, F, Austin Bruins – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Adam Stacho, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Natan Vertes, F, Aberdeen Wings

 

East Star of the Week: Nick Siffringer - Jamestown Rebels

Nick Siffringer

The Jamestown Rebels and forward Nick Siffringer, 19, posted a weekend home sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights and now sit just two points out of the playoff spot in the East Division. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, had four points (3 goals, 1 assist) and was a +5 in the two wins. On Frdiay, Siffringer had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, Siffringer scored another game-winning goal and added an assist in a 6-1 win. For the season, Siffringer is 3rd in team scoring with 24 points in 46 games played. “Nick’s consistency is at a new level. We as a team are getting contributions from a lot more guys this second half, and he has led that change. He continues to improve his game and we are all reaping the rewards. We couldn't be happier for him as this award is well deserved,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

 

2nd Star: Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Carson Gallagher, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Cam Gendron, F, New Jersey Titans – Colin Price, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Matt Smoliga, D, Northeast Generals – Brad Zona, D, New Jersey Titans

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Logan Ritchie - Kenai River Brown Bears

Logan Ritchie

Kenai River Brown Bears forward Logan Ritchie, 20, put up points in all three games this weekend in a road series against the Janesville Jets. The 5’11/192 lbs. native of O’Fallon, Missouri, put up five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in the series. On Thursday, Ritchie, who will play for the Midwest Team at the 2020 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, had a goal in a 4-3 loss. On Friday, Ritchie found the back of the net again, this time in a 5-4 loss. On Saturday, he racked up three assists in a 7-2 win. For the season, Ritchie is 2nd in team scoring with 46 points in 48 games played. “Logan is quietly putting together a very strong season. His consistent production has been key for our team this season. We will look to Logan to continue his success down this final stretch of the season,” said Brown Bears head coach Kevin Murdock.

 

2nd Star: Parker Lindauer, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jacob Dirks, F, Chippewa Steel – Arseni Smekhnov, F, Janesville Jets – Lucas Wahlin, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Warren Natyshak - Shreveport Mudbugs

Warren Natyshak

The Shreveport Mudbugs moved closer to clinching a spot in the Robertson Cup Playoffs thanks to a weekend home sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues. 20-year-old forward Warren Natyshak played a big part in the sweep as the 6’2/180 lbs. native of Toledo, Ohio, posted four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Natyshak had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he picked up two assists in a 4-0 win. For the 2019-20 season, Natyshak has 21 points in 37 games played. “Warren has quietly gone about his business this year contributing in many ways to help our team. He’s a versatile forward that plays a solid 200-foot game. His great play earned us some valuable points in the standings this weekend and we are happy to see him get recognized for his efforts,” said Mudbugs head coach Jason Campbell.

 

2nd Star: Henrik Laursen, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Allen, F, Amarillo Bulls – Ty Black, F, Amarillo Bulls – David Breazeale, D, Shreveport Mudbugs – Alex Dominique, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Quinn Green, F, Topeka Pilots – Luc Salem, D, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of February 3, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Dan Russell - Minot Minotauros

Dan Russell

Minot forward Dan Russell, 18, helped his team pick up three of a possible four points in a weekend series with Austin to stay in the thick of the Central Division playoff race. The 5’9/145 lbs. native of Traverse City, Michigan and Michigan State recruit had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout loss on Friday and the game-winning goal in Saturday’s 5-2 win. For the season, Russell has 23 points in 35 games played. “Dan continues to contribute every weekend. He’s slight in stature, but competes hard, wins a lot of puck battles, and has a good skill set. His line has made big plays when we’ve needed them to and are consistently on the scoresheet. He will be relied on heavily down the stretch as we enter the final third of the regular season,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Hugh Larkin, F, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Jake Beaune, D, Aberdeen Wings – Clayton Cosentino, F, Aberdeen Wings – Kyler Kleven, F, Minot Minotauros – Sam Martel, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Andrew Miller, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Josef Mysak, D, Austin Bruins – Ryan O’Neil, F, St. Cloud Blizzard

 

East Star of the Week: Brayden Stannard - Maryland Black Bears

Brayden Stannard

Maryland Black Bears forward and Nebraska-Omaha recruit Brayden Stannard, 17, posted some big numbers as Maryland split their weekend home series against Jamestown. The 6’3/185 lbs. native of Bark River, Michigan, had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal, and an assist in a 4-2 win on Friday. On Saturday, he picked up an assist in a 3-2 loss, but finished the weekend with a +5 rating. For the season, Stannard is 4th in team scoring with 32 points in 40 games played. “Brayden has been a consistent performer for us all season long. He keeps improving and is really starting to become an impact player for us. We look forward to seeing how much more he is capable of at this level,” said Black Bears head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Sutton McDonald, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Antonacci, D, Maine Nordiques – Kyle Jeffers, F, New Jersey Titans – Anthony Mastromonica, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Eric Olson, F, Jamestown Rebels – Michael Outzen, F, New Jersey Titans – Kevin Pitts, F, Maine Nordiques – Alex Tracy, G, Johnstown Tomahawks – Janis Vizbelis, F, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Robert Christy - Minnesota Magicians

Robert Christy

The Minnesota Magicians and forward Robert Christy, 18, stayed in the Midwest Division playoff hunt thanks to a weekend home-and-home sweep over the St. Cloud Blizzard. The 6’1/185 lbs. native of St. Paul, Minnesota, had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 3-2 road win on Friday and then had two goals and an assist in a 5-3 home win on Saturday. For the season, the Colorado College commit has played in 25 games and recorded 18 points, including a team-leading 12 goals. “We are very happy to see consistent production coming from Rob at a time where we are making a playoff push. Rob brings great energy to the group and we are excited to see what he can do down the stretch,” said Magicians head coach AJ Bucchino.

2nd Star: Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Dylan Abbott, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Jake Hale, F, Minnesota Magicians – Carter Hottman, F, Janesville Jets – Carson Jones, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Zach Krajnik, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Isaac Novak, F, Janesville Jets – Jonathan Panisa, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Logan Ritchie, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Max Klanow - Odessa Jackalopes

Max Klanow

Odessa Jackalopes forward Max Klanow, 18, played a big role in helping his team split their weekend home series against Shreveport. The 5’10/175 lbs. native of Holly, Michigan, had five points during the weekend and was a +3. On Friday, Klanow picked up an assist on Odessa’s lone goal of the night in a 3-1 loss. On Saturday, he had two goals and two assists in a 6-3 win, helping his team snap a 22-game slide. For the season, Klanow has six points in 24 games with the Jackalopes and nine points in 39 games overall. “Max had a great weekend and was a big part of our win Saturday night. His constant hard work was rewarded on the scoresheet and we look forward to trying to build on the momentum from our win,” said Jackalopes interim head coach Adam Phillips.

2nd Star: Austin McCarthy, F, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Alex Dominique, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Quinn Green, F, Topeka Pilots – Isaiah Huempfner, F, Odessa Jackalopes – Drew Lorinchak, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Brett Postula, F, Amarillo Bulls – Niclas Puikkonen, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 27, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ben Garrity - Minot Minotauros

Ben Garrity

Minot Minotauros goaltender Ben Garrity, 20, led his club to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Bismarck Bobcats. The 6’2/184 lbs. native of Rosemount, Minnesota, allowed just three goals in the weekend series, stopping 64 of a possible 67 shots. On Friday, Garrity made 33 saves in a 3-2 overtime win, and then on Saturday, he made 31 saves in a 2-1 win. For the season, Garrity has a 16-8-3 record with a 3.00 goals against average and a .909 save percentage. “It was great to have Ben back in our lineup this weekend coming off an injury. He was at the top of his game both nights. Ben had his fingerprints all over our two wins this weekend versus a tough opponent in Bismarck. He’s very calm in the net and doesn’t get rattled. He was very strong in preserving our victory on Saturday, defending a 6 on 3 in the final 90 seconds of the game,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Tyler Watkins, F, Minnesota Wilderness

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Mack Byers, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jacob Marti, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Andrew Miller, G, Bismarck Bobcats – Alex Murray, D, St. Cloud Blizzard – Josef Mysak, D, Austin Bruins – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Bram Scheerer, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins – Cody Sherman, F, Minot Minotauros

 

East Star of the Week: Jonathan Young - Northeast Generals

Jonathan Young

Northeast Generals forward Jonathan Young, 19, helped his club stay in the East Division playoff hunt with a three-game home sweep of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights. The 6’2/200 lbs. native of Pelham, New Hampshire had five points in the weekend series. On Friday, Young scored a goal in overtime in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime in a 4-3 win. On Sunday, he had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 4-2 win. For the season, Young is currently tied for 2nd in team scoring with 27 points in 41 games played. He has nine points in nine games played this season with the Generals. “Jonathan was acquired based on his ability to score goals and fit into our locker room culture.  He has been great since day one. He is a great kid who works really hard, and he has a knack for not only scoring, but scoring big goals in key situations.  He was instrumental in us having a huge weekend and we look forward to continued success with him as a big part,” said Generals head coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Eric Olson, F, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Matt Cameron, F, New Jersey Titans – Trent Grimshaw, F, Maine Nordiques – Liam McCanney, F, Northeast Generals – Andrew Murphy, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Michael Outzen, F, New Jersey Titans – Casper Soderling, D, Maine Nordiques – Reed Stark, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Lucas Erickson - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Lucas Erickson

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs kept their winning streak and unbeaten streak alive this weekend with two more wins at home over the Maine Nordiques. Ice Dogs defenseman Lucas Erickson, 20, helped his team’s cause with five points on the weekend and a +6 rating. On Friday, the 6’2/200 lbs. native of Woodbury, Minnesota, had the game-winning goal and an assist in a 5-2 win. On Saturday, the St. Lawrence recruit had a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win. In just 20 games played this season, Erickson has put up 15 points. “Lucas was back in to form this week after being out the last two months. He gives us many more options with our back end and provides leadership,” said Fairbanks head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Charlie Schoen, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Deweese, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Hunter Longhi, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Isaac Moberg, Forward, Chippewa Steel  - Peter Morgan, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Laudon Pollinger, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Charlie Schoen, F, Janesville Jets – Billy Simms, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Riley Sims, G, Janesville Jets

 

South Star of the Week: Max Gutjahr - Amarillo Bulls

Max Gutjahr

Amarillo Bulls goalie Max Gutjahr, 20, was perfect in his two starts this weekend as the Bulls picked up a three-game weekend road sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Appleton, Wisconsin, did not allow a goal in his two starts during the weekend, stopping 20 shots in the process. For the season, Gutjahr has a sparkling 16-3-0 record with a 1.67 goals against average and a .920 save percentage. “We are very proud of Max for his efforts this weekend. He was challenged in a number of different ways and responded in an excellent way. Max is extremely calm and quiet in the net, and our team has an outstanding confidence when he is back there. I am excited to continue to watch Max develop and grow,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Connor Zilisch, F, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Michael Muschitiello, F, Topeka Pilots – Niclas Puikkonen, F, Amarillo Bulls – Zach Stern, G, Odessa Jackalopes

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 20, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jakub Breault - Aberdeen Wings

Jakub Breault

The Aberdeen Wings continued their winning ways this weekend as they widened their division lead to 10 points with a weekend home sweep of the St. Cloud Blizzard and a shootout win over Minot on Tuesday. Forward and Alaska-Fairbanks recruit Jakub Breault, 20, played a big part in all three wins as the 5’11/180 lbs. native of Acton Vale, Quebec, totaled eight points during the week, which included three goals and five assists. On Tuesday, Breault had two assists in a 4-3 shootout win in Minot. On Friday, he had a goal and assist in a 4-1 win against the Blizzard. On Saturday, he had two goals and two assists in a 6-2 win over the Blizzard. For the season, Breault currently leads the Wings in scoring with 44 points in 37 games played. “Jakob’s been an outstanding leader for us. He possesses high-end vision and play making skills, while working each night with passion and consistency. Jakob is looked upon to bring us strong offense and this past week showed his ability,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Mack Byers, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nik Armstrong-Kingkade, F, Minot Minotauros – Tyler Bost, G, St. Cloud Blizzard – Carl Fish, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Hugh Larkin, F, Austin Bruins – Josef Mysak, D, Austin Bruins – Jayden Price, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Dan Russell, F, Minot Minotauros – Bram Scheerer, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Garrett Worth, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Kyle Jeffers - New Jersey Titans

Kyle Jeffers

The New Jersey Titans held onto the top spot in the NAHL and East Division thanks to three more wins this past week. Forward Kyle Jeffers, 21, made an impact in each of the wins, totaling five points last week. The NAPHL grad and 5’10/170 lbs. native of Oviedo, Florida, started his week with a goal and an assist in a 5-4 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Wednesday. His success continued on Friday, as the American International commit had another goal and assist in a 4-1 win over the Northeast Generals. On Saturday, he pitched in with an assist in a 6-4 win over the Generals. For the season, Jeffers ranks 2nd in team scoring with 45 points in 35 games played. “Kyle has continued to surge for our team.  He has been a consistent contributor to our offensive game plan and attack.  Kyle stepped up big time this past week in three critical games against Wilkes-Barre and Northeast. Kyle plays a key role for our team in all situations and we look forward to him continuing to lead our team as we head down the stretch run of the regular season,” said Titans head coach Craig Doremus.

2nd Star: Renars Karkls, D, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Cooper, F, Northeast Generals – Lincoln Hatten, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Mitch Machlitt, F, New Jersey Titans – Anthony Mastromonica, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Joe Nagle, D, Northeast Generals – Eric Olson, F, Jamestown Rebels – Kevin Pitts, F, Maine Nordiques – Tristan Poissant, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Hampus Rydqvist, D, Maryland Black Bears – Casper Soderling, D, Maine Nordiques – Bennett Stockdale, F, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Oliver Kjaer - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Oliver Kjaer

Fairbanks Ice Dogs forward Oliver Kjaer, 19, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the New Mexico Ice Wolves. The 6’1/190 lbs. native of Esbjerg, Denmark, had five points in the two wins, which included a goal and four assists. On Friday, Kjaer had the game-winning goal in overtime and two assists in a 4-3 win. On Saturday, he chimed in with two more assists in a 5-0 shutout win. For the season, Kjaer ranks 2nd in team scoring with 36 points in 30 games played so far this season. “Oliver is a highly skilled player that is quickly adapting to our league. His skating, IQ, and hands make him a threat that will become more and more consistent,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Jonathan Panisa, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Josh Bohlin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Danny Fraga, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Lucas Kanta, F, Minnesota Magicians – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brandon Lajoie, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Caden Villegas, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Cayden Bailey - Lone Star Brahmas

Cayden Bailey

While he only played in one game this past week, Lone Star Brahmas goalie Cayden Bailey, 20, made it count. The 5’11/180 lbs. native of Estero, Florida, stopped all 22 shots that came way in a 4-0 shutout win over the Corpus Christi IceRays on Saturday. For Bailey, it was his sixth shutout of the season, which ranks tied for 2nd in the NAHL. For the season, Bailey has a 12-5-1 record and currently leads the NAHL in both goals against average (1.38) and save percentage (.939). “Cayden has been solid and consistent for us all season long. We are very confident as a team in our goaltending and Cayden has provided us with great play all season, and will be an important part of our success the remainder of the season,” said Brahmas head coach Wildfong.

2nd Star: Quinn Green, F, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Aaron Hamel, F, Corpus Christi IceRays - Brandon Holt, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Stephen Kyrkostas, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Michael Muschitiello, F, Topeka Pilots – Carson Nichols, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Ryan Waltman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Jackson Wille, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 13, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Dante Sheriff - Austin Bruins

Dante Sheriff

For the third week in a row Austin Bruins forward Dante Sheriff, 20, has earned Central Star honors thanks to three more wins during the week for the Bruins. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Woodbridge, Ontario, and Mercyhurst recruit had another big week, helping Austin to three more wins. On Thursday, Sheriff had two goals and two assists in a 5-1 win in St. Cloud against the Blizzard. On Friday, he picked up two assists in a 3-2 home win over the Blizzard and then on Saturday, Sheriff had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 7-4 road win in St. Cloud. For the season, Sheriff leads the Bruins in scoring with 45 points in 33 games played, which includes a current 10-game point streak where he has posted 25 points in those 10 games. “Dante had another big weekend for us. He’s a special player and he can do amazing things. We need him and his teammates to continue playing well going forward,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Grant Johnson, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Luke Aquaro, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Mack Byers, F, Aberdeen Wings – Clayton Cosentino, F, Aberdeen Wings – Kimball Johnson, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Aaron Myers, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tiernan Shoudy, F, Austin Bruins – Adam Stacho, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Zak Currie - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Zak Currie

Thanks to two more wins this past weekend Zak Currie, 20, and his Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights ran their winning streak to four straight games. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, played a big role in two home wins over the Maryland Black Bears. On Friday, Currie, who is also an NAPHL grad, had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 overtime win. On Saturday, he scored the game-winning goal in a 4-2 win. For the season, Currie is 4th in team scoring with 24 points in 33 games played. “Zak’s consistent play and attention to detail in all situations of the game has elevated his game to the next level. Zak has played a major part in leading us to a great start to the second half of the season,” said Knights head coach Tom Kowal.

2nd Star: Isaiah Fox, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyrone Bronte, F, Wlikes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Nick DeSantis, F, New Jersey Titans – Noah Finstrom, F, Jamestown Rebels – Max Kouznetsov, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Mitch Machlitt, F, New Jersey Titans – Eric Olson, F, Jamestown Rebels – Tristan Poissant, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Casper Soderling, D, Maine Nordiques

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Luke Farthing - Chippewa Steel

Luke Farthing

Chippewa Steel defenseman Luke Farthing, 20, helped his team to a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Janesville Jets. The 5’10/180 lbs. native of Stoutsville, Ohio, was not only solid at both ends of the ice with a +6 rating in the two wins, but he also provided a lot of the offense for the Steel with four goals from the blueline. On Friday, Farthing had the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Jets. On Saturday, he had a hat-trick, including another game-winner, in a 5-1 road win. For the season, Farthing leads all Steel defensemen in scoring with 13 points in 31 games played. “Luke's skating ability has helped us to generate offensive opportunities whenever he's on the ice. He works hard and does things the right way for us, which is why he's been such a big part of our team. He impacts games in many ways, and this weekend it was scoring goals, which helped us win two big hockey games,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

2nd Star: Trent Burnham, G, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Robert Christy, F, Minnesota Magicians – Jack Johnston, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Grant Riley, G, Janesville Jets – Austin Ryman, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Caden Villegas, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Samuel Vyletelka, G, Minnesota Magicians – Ryan Wilson, G, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Jordan Venegoni - Amarillo Bulls

Jordan Venegoni

Thanks to a three-game weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes, the Amarillo Bulls moved into 1st place in the South Division. Forward Jordan Venegoni, 19, played a big role in the win, picking up seven points in the three games. On Friday, Venegoni had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win. On Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-1 win. On Sunday, he recorded two more goals in a 7-1 win. For the season, Venegoni is 2nd in team scoring with 38 points in 37 games played. “Jordan has taken his game to the next level in the past two months. His skating ability creates pressure on our opponent and his Hockey IQ gives him the chances to make plays and score. He is impacting our team in all situations and quickly turning into one of the most dominant offensive players in the NAHL. I have no doubt that he is going to be a difference maker at the NCAA Division 1 level,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Tim Khokhlachev, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Maiszon Balboa, G, Shreveport Mudbugs – Brandon Holt, D, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Devan Tongue, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of January 6, 2020sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Dante Sheriff - Austin Bruins

Dante Sheriff

Another week, another standout performance from Austin Bruins forward Dante Sheriff, 20, who for the second straight week, earned Central Star honors thanks to the Bruins road sweep of Bismarck. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Woodbridge, Ontario, and Mercyhurst recruit had another five-point week helping Austin to two more wins. On Friday, Sheriff had an assist in a 2-1 win. On Satuday, Sheriff had two goals and two assists in a 4-3 overtime win. For the season, Sheriff leads the Bruins in scoring with 36 points in 30 games played. “Dante had another great weekend for us. We were short some forwards due to some players being sick and he (along with the rest of our players) stepped up in a big way. We expect Dante to keep it up and stay focused on continuing his hot streak,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Cole O’Connell, F, Minot Minotauros

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Bost, G, St. Cloud Blizzard – Pierson Brandon, D, Aberdeen Wings – Cooper Haar, F, Aberdeen Wings – Joseph Harguindeguy, F, Minot Minotauros – Ryan Nelson, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Tiernan Shoudy, F, Austin Bruins – Tyler Watkins, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

East Star of the Week: Christian Gorscak - Johnstown Tomahawks

Christian Gorscak

Johnstown Tomahawks forward Christian Gorscak, 19, led his club to a pair of home wins early in the week over the Maine Nordiques. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Jeannette, Pennsylvania and NAPHL grad had seven points (4 goals, 3 assists) in the two wins. On Monday, Gorscak had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 4-2 win, and then on Tuesday, he scored two more goals and added two more assists in a 7-2 win. Gorscak, who is committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Niagara, is currently 2nd in NAHL scoring with 42 points in 35 games played. “Christian’s play for our team this week has been reflective of what he has been doing for a long time. He seems to continue to raise his game to a new level every time he is on the ice. We had a quick, important two game series coming out of our holiday break and he delivered in many ways helping us pick up wins both nights. The way he has continued to grow since committing to Niagara has been extremely encouraging because I really believe the sky is the limit for him,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Jordan Strand, D, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ethan Heidepriem, F, Maryland Black Bears – Jon Howe, G, Jamestown Rebels – Thomas Jarman, D, Maryland Black Bears – Johnny Kaljian, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Max Kouznetsnov, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Jared Lambright, D, Northeast Generals – Valentino Passarelli, F, Jamestown Rebels – Jonathan Young, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Mason Plante - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Mason Plante

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs opened up 2020 with a weekend road sweep in Maine against the Nordiques. Rookie forward Mason Plante, 19, had three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in the two wins and was a +1. On Friday, the 5’9/165 lbs. native of Marshall, Minnesota, had an assist in a 5-4 win. On Saturday, he recorded a goal and an assist in a 7-3 win. For the season, Plante 18 points in 33 games played. “Mason came back from break with a lot of determination. As an organization, we feel he has continuously gotten better and it is because he is intrinsically motivated. He was moving at a faster pace and thinking at a higher level,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Jonathan Panisa, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Laker Aldridge, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Brett Oberle, D, Minnesota Magicians – Jake Seitz, F, Minnesota Magicians – Caden Villegas, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Joey Baez - Lone Star Brahmas

Joey Baez

It was an explosive weekend for Lone Star Brahmas forward Joey Baez, 19, who led his team to a three-game weekend home sweep of the Odessa Jackalopes. The 5’9/175 lbs. native of Tampa, Florida, recorded eight points, including seven goals in the three wins. On Friday, Baez had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, in a 9-0 win. On Saturday, he recorded another hat-trick, which also included another game-winning goal in a 7-0 win. On Sunday, Baez scored again and added an assist in a 10-1. For the season, the Alabama-Huntsville recruit leads all NAHL players with 24 goals this season and ranks tied for 3rd in league scoring with 40 points in 37 games played. “Joey has been playing unbelievable. He is seeing the ice really well, playing the right way, and scoring goals. He is playing both sides of puck and it is fun to watch right now,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Gleb Murtazin, F, Amarillo Bulls

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cayden Bailey, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Noah Carlin, D, Amarillo Bulls – Emil Gabrielson, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Quinn Green, F, Topeka Pilots – Garrett MacKay, G, New Mexico Ice Wolves – Connor Zilisch, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 30, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Dante Sheriff - Austin Bruins

Dante Sheriff

Austin Bruins forward and leading scorer Dante Sheriff, 20, recorded five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in two road games against the Minnesota Wilderness as the Bruins picked up three of a possible four points. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Woodbridge, Ontario, and Mercyhurst recruit, recorded an assist in a 3-2 shootout loss on Friday and then exploded for two goals, including the game-winner, and two assists in a 7-3 win on Saturday. For the season, Sheriff has 31 points in 28 games played so far this season. “Dante was great this weekend and helped us get three big points in the standings. We’ve been telling him to shoot the puck more and he did on Saturday. We need him to keep doing that going forward,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Jacob Marti, F, Bismarck Bobcats

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kimball Johnson, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Dan Russell, F, Minot Minotauros – Bram Scheerer, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Tiernan Shoudy, F, Austin Bruins – Sam Skinner, D, Minot Mintauros – Willy Stauber, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: No Award

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Connor Szmul - Chippewa Steel

Connor Szmul

Chippewa Steel forward and leading scorer Connor Szmul, 20, helped his team to a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. The 5’8/155 lbs. native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, recorded six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was a +3 in the two-game sweep. On Friday, Szmul had two assists in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he had two goals, including the game-winner, and added two assists in a 6-4 win. For the season, Szmul leads the Steel in scoring with 34 points in 27 games played. “Connor has been very consistent all season. He has the ability to take over hockey games offensively and this weekend was no different. I thought he stepped up for us again when we needed a push and was a huge part of our success,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

2nd Star: Killian Kiecker-Olson, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

South Star of the Week: Michael Muschitiello - Topeka Pilots

Michael Muschitiello

Topeka Pilots forward Michael Muschitiello, 20, helped his team to a weekend road sweep in Shreveport against the Mudbugs, which helped the Pilots keep pace with the South Division leaders. The 5’10/160 lbs. native of St. James, New York, had two goals and two assists and was +4 in a two wins. On Friday, Muschitiello had two goals in a 5-3 win, and then in Saturday, he had a pair of assists in a 3-2 win. For the season, Muschitiello is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 25 points in 30 games played. “Michael was exceptional for us this weekend and contributed both offensively and defensively. He used his speed and confidence with the puck to create scoring chances for himself and his teammates. He also focused on elevating his play without the puck, especially on the penalty kill, which has helped round out his complete game. We look forward to seeing his play continue to improve as we make our push for a playoff spot,” said Topeka head coach Simon Watson.

2nd Star: Austin McCarthy, F, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): None

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 23, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Jakub Breault - Aberdeen Wings

Jakub Breault

Thanks to a weekend road sweep of the St. Cloud Blizzard, the lead for the Aberdeen Wings atop the Central Division is now at a season-high eight points. 20-year-old forward and leading scorer Jakub Breault played a big role in the weekend sweep as the 5’11/180 lbs. native of Acton Vale, Quebec, posted four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +4 in the two wins. On Friday, Breault had two goals and an assist in a 5-2 win, and then on Saturday, he had an assist in a 3-1 win. For the season, Breault leads the Wings in scoring with 32 points in 30 games played. “Jakub’s the type of player that brings a lot of offense to the wings. He has high-end vision and great hockey intelligence. Jakub brings a veteran approach of leadership each and every day. His weekend allowed us to go into the holiday break with two solid wins,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Connor Beatty, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ryan Green, F, St. Cloud Blizzard

 

East Star of the Week: Gerard Marretta - Northeast Generals

Gerard Marretta

Northeast Generals forward Gerard Marretta, 20, was a one-man scoring machine this past weekend as the Generals split a weekend road series against the Maine Nordiques. The 5’9/183 lbs. native of Monroe, New Jersey, who recently committed to play NCAA hockey at Trinity College, scored five goals and was a +3 in the two games. On Friday, Marretta had a hat-trick, including the overtime-winning goal, in a 7-6 win. On Saturday, Marretta picked up two more goals in a close 6-5 loss. For the season, Marretta has 14 points, including a team-leading 11 goals, in 29 games played. “Gerard stepped up in a huge way this weekend. He was incredible with the puck on his stick and a threat to score every shift. Gerard is a leader in our room and as a Captain he took it on himself to help rally the boys. We are really happy for him as he works so hard on and off the ice and is so respected in our locker room,” said Generals GM and coach Bryan Erikson.

2nd Star: Cannon Green, F, Maine Nordiques

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Cam Gaudette, D, Northeast Generals – Liam Hansson, F, Jamestown Rebels – Matthew Iasenza, F, New Jersey Titans – Renars Karkls, D, Jamestown Rebels – Timmy Kent, D, Maine Nordiques – Logan Kons, D, Maryland Black Bears – Max Kouznetsov, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Michael Outzen, F, New Jersey Titans – Alex Tracy, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Leo Bacallao - Springfield Jr. Blues

Leo Bacallao

Springfield Jr. Blues forward and NAPHL alum Leo Bacallao, 18, had a big weekend to help his team pick up a weekend road split in Minnesota against the Magicians. The 5’8/175 lbs. native of Madison, Wisconsin, had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) and was a +3 in the two games. On Thursday, Bacallao scored the lone Jr. Blues goal in a 4-1 loss. On Friday, he had the game-winning goal and two assists in a 6-1 win. For the season, Bacallao has recorded eight points in nine games played. “Leo has been great since joining us. He wants the puck on his stick and has the ability to take over games with his compete and skill level. This past weekend I thought he looked a lot more comfortable and played two great games. I know he hasn’t been here very long, but when he goes, everyone goes,” said Jr. Blues head coach Tyler Rennette.

2nd Star: Isaac Novak, F, Janesville Jets

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nathan Butler, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Danny Fraga, G, Kenai River Brown Bears – Devlin McCabe, F, Minnesota Magicians – Cody Moline, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Mattias Sholl, G, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Riley Sims, G, Janesville Jets – Dysen Skinner, G, Minnesota Magicians – Aaron Swanson, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Ludvig Persson - Lone Star Brahmas

Ludvig Persson

In this lone start of the weekend, Lone Star Brahmas goalie Ludvig Persson, 20, posted yet another NAHL shutout. The 6’1/183 lbs. native of Gothenburg, Sweden, backstopped the Brahmas to a 2-0 win on Friday over the visiting Topeka Pilots. Persson stopped all 22 shots that came his way for his sixth shutout of the season, which is tied for the league lead. For the season, Persson is tied for 3rd in the NAHL in wins (16) and ranks 4th in both goals against average (1.56) and save percentage (.936).  “I thought Ludvig was incredible on Friday. He made key saves at key times and he really has been the backbone of our defense all season long. He has a great career ahead of him after junior hockey,” said Brahmas head coach Dan Wildfong.

2nd Star: Warren Natshak, F, Shreveport Mudbugs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Eric Huss, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Austin McCarthy, F, Topeka Pilots – Lauri Sertti, D, Amarillo Bulls – Jacob Smith, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Devon Tongue, F, Amarillo Bulls – Connor Zilisch, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 16, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Connor Mylymok - Austin Bruins

Connor Mylymok

Austin Bruins forward Connor Mylymok, 19, had a productive weekend as he helped his team pick up three of a possible four points in a home series against the Minot Minotauros. The 6’1/200 lbs. native of Wilcox, Saskatchewan, totaled five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a +2 rating in the weekend series. On Friday, Mylymok had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 7-5 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and assist in a 3-2 shootout loss. In 12 games this season, Mylymok has 12 points. “Connor has been playing really well the last few weeks and he has scored some big goals for us. He’s one of the hardest working players that I’ve coached and it’s starting to pay off for him. We are looking for him to continue his production in the second half,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Clayton Cosentino, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Owen Baumgartner, D, Minot Minotauros - Owen Belisle, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Alec Cokley, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Ben Garrity, G, Minot Minotauros - Riley Murphy, F, Aberdeen Wings – Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Austin Schwartz, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Garrett Worth, F, Minnesota Wilderness

 

 

East Star of the Week: Jackson Sterrett - Maryland Black Bears

Jackson Sterrett

Maryland Black Bears forward and UMass-Lowell recruit Jackson Sterrett, 20, had a big weekend as he helped his club to a three-game road sweep of the Maine Nordiques. The 6’0/175 lbs. native of Hendersonville, Tennessee, was a factor in all three wins, totaling five points (3 goals, 2 assists) and a +4 rating. On Friday, Sterrett had a goal in a 3-1 win. On Saturday, he scored again in a 4-1 win, and then on Sunday, he had a goal and two assists in a 6-2 win. For the season, Sterrett is 2nd in team scoring with 27 points in 30 games played. “Jackson has been an absolute horse for us in all facets of the game. He does it all for us… penalty kill, power play, a shutdown role, and scores goals. He had a huge weekend for us, and it is of no surprise, considering how hard he works in every game and practice,” said Maryland head coach Clint Mylymok.

2nd Star: Patrick Pugliese, G, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Seth Bergeron, D, Jamestown Rebels – Tyrone Bronte, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Spencer DenBeste, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Noah Finstrom, F, Jamestown Rebels – Matthew Iasenza, F, New Jersey Titans – Max Kouznetsnov, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Anthony Mastromonica, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Kyle Oleksiuk, F, Maryland Black Bears

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Austin Ryman - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Austin Ryman

Last week, it was Ice Dogs goalie Mattias Sholl netting star of the week honors. This week, another Ice Dogs goalie is honored as Austin Ryman, 19, picked up two wins for the Ice Dogs in their series in Janesville against the Jets. The NAPHL grad and 5’10/170 lbs. native of Fairbanks, Alaska, won back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday as the Ice Dogs kept pace for the Midwest Division lead. On Friday, Ryman stopped 22 of 23 shots in a 3-1 win, and then on Saturday, he stopped all 13 shots that came his way for his third shutout of the season in an 8-0 win. For the season, Ryman has a 1.93 goals against average and a .907 save percentage in eight games played. “Austin played with a lot of confidence this weekend. He had been out injured for a while, so it was good to see him come back and play well. He and his teammate played very well in the games he was in,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Ryan Kerchoff, F, Chippewa Steel

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Tyler Deweese, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Braiden Dorfman, F, Chippewa Steel – Skylar Gutierrez, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Peter Morgan, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Max Osborne, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Riley Sims, G, Janesville Jets – Aaron Swanson, F, Springfield Jr. Blues

 

South Star of the Week: Charlie Glockner - Amarillo Bulls

Charlie Glockner

It was a perfect weekend defensively for the Amarillo Bulls, who picked up a three-game home sweep of the New Mexico Ice Wolves without allowing a goal in all three games. In goal for the first two outings was Bulls goalie Charlie Glockner, 19, who posted back-to-back shutouts on Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the 6’2/180 lbs. native of Minnetonka, Minnesota made 30 saves in a 1-0 win. On Saturday, Glockner stopped all 15 shots that came his way in a 3-0 win. For the season, Glockner leads the NAHL in goals against average (1.35) and shutouts (6) and is tied for 3rd in save percentage (.940) to go along with a 9-1-3 record. “Charlie had another great weekend for us. He was able to stay mentally engaged and make all the big saves that we needed. He continues to work on his game and take pride in the details of his position. His teammates are very confident when he is in the net, and know that he can keep us in any game. I am certain that he will be an excellent addition to whichever NCAA Division 1 program that he chooses,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Matthew Francois, F, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Max Gutjahr, G, Amarillo Bulls – Lucas Sandoval, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 9, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Cooper Haar - Aberdeen Wings

Cooper Haar

Thanks to an eight-game point streak and another weekend sweep, the Aberdeen Wings are now tied for the lead in the Central Division. This past weekend, 20-year-old forward Cooper Haar was a big factor in the games as he recorded six points (3 goals, 3 assists) and was a +5 in two wins over the Minnesota Wilderness. The 6’2/209 lbs. native of Huntington Beach, California, had a goal and three assists in a 6-2 win on Friday and two goals in a 7-3 win on Saturday. Since joining the Wings in early November, Haar has 17 points in 13 games with the Wings and 22 points in 27 games played overall so far this season. “Cooper has been a big addition to our locker room. He is a mature leader that puts the team’s success first and foremost. Cooper has the ability to change the complexion of a game with his high compete level,” said Wings head coach Scott Langer.

2nd Star: Spencer Schneider, F, Aberdeen Wings

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Daniel Chladek, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Joseph Harguindeguy, F, Minot Minotauros – Andrew Hicks, D, St. Cloud Blizzard – Will Hillman, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Cole O’Connell, F, Minot Minotauros – Dante Sheriff, F, Austin Bruins

 

East Star of the Week: Eric Olson - Jamestown Rebels

Eric Olson

Jamestown Rebels veteran forward and captain Eric Olson, 20, had a big weekend and scored when it counted as the Rebels picked up a weekend road sweep of the Maryland Black Bears. The 6’1/196 lbs. native of Calgary, Alberta, scored three goals, including both game-winners, and was +3 in the sweep. On Friday, Olson had the game-winning goal late in the 3rd period in a 3-1 win, and then on Saturday, he scored two goals, including another game-winner in another 3-1 win. For the season, Olson has 12 points in 28 games played. “Eric one of the best captains we have ever coached and an unreal person with a great work ethic. He plays a great 200-foot game and through the first three months of this season, he has never wavered in his belief of our program. It is great to see a player like him get recognized. Some NCAA Division 1 program is going to get a great competitor with great leadership skills,” said Rebels head coach Joe Coombs.

2nd Star: Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Kyle Jeffers, F, New Jersey Titans – Joe Nagle, D, Northeast Generals – Kevin Pitts, F, Maine Nordiques – Ethan Prout, D, Maine Nordiques – Patrick Pugliese, G, New Jersey Titans – Trevor Smith, F, Northeast Generals

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Mattias Sholl - Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Mattias Sholl

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs ran their current point streak to six straight games as they posted a weekend home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians. Veteran goaltender Mattias Sholl, 19, started and won both games, allowing just a single goal in the two wins. The 5’10/165 lbs. native of Hermosa Beach, California, who was also a member of Team NAHL this summer, stopped a combined 46 of 47 shots in the sweep, which included a 26-save shutout on Friday night and 20 saves in a 3-1 win on Saturday. For the season, Sholl is in the Top 8 in the NAHL in both goals against average (1.91) and save percentage (.927). “Mattias is in really good form and playing really well right now. His team is gaining confidence in front of him as he is battling extremely hard,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart.

2nd Star: Cody Moline, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Leo Bacallao, F, Springfield Jr. Blues – Jayden Jensen, D, Springfield Jr. Blues – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Porter Schachle, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Jonathan Young - Amarillo Bulls

Jonathan Young

Amarillo Bulls forward and Merrimack College commit Jonathan Young, 19, helped the Bulls to a weekend road sweep in Odessa against the Jackalopes. The 6’2/200 lbs. native of Pelham, New Hampshire, posted six points (4 goals, 2 assists) and a +5 rating in the two wins, which helped the 2nd place Bulls close the gap towards the top spot in the South Division. On Friday, Young had a hat-trick, including the game-winning goal, in a 7-2 win. On Saturday, he had a goal and two assists in a 9-2 win. Since joining the Bulls in early October, Young has 16 points in 20 games played and overall has 17 points in 27 games this season. “We are very proud of Jonathan for the way he played this weekend. We challenged him to take his game to the next level and he responded in a great way. He was responsible defensively, played with high energy, and was rewarded on the score sheet. We are very confident that his play this weekend is a sign of great things to come for him and the team,” said Bulls head coach Rocky Russo.

2nd Star: Luc Salem, D, Topeka Pilots

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Joey Baez, F, Lone Star Brahmas – Michael Muschitiello, F, Topeka Pilots – Carson Nichols, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Ludvig Persson, G, Lone Star Brahmas – Cal Sandquist, G, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ryan Waltman, F, Shreveport Mudbugs – Aaron White, F, Amarillo Bulls

 

Stars of the Week Week of December 2, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Nik Armstong-Kingkade - Minot Minotauros

Nik Armstong-Kingkade

Minot Minotauros forward Nik Armstong-Kingkade, 20, had a big week as he helped his team close the gap in the Central Division with two wins in three games. The 5’9/185 lbs. native of Alexandria, Virginia, had six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in the three games. On Wednesday, Kingkade, who is committed to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for UMass-Lowell, had a hat-trick, which included the game-winning goal, in a 6-3 road win in Bismarck. On Friday, he had an assist in a 5-2 loss against the St. Cloud Blizzard. On Saturday, he had a goal and an assist in an 11-4 win over the Blizzard. For the season, Kingkade leads the Minotauros in scoring with 25 points in 22 games played. “Nik has been a great addition to our team. He plays the game the right way with a strong work ethic and consistency. He understands who he is as a player, and what makes him effective. Aside from being a consistent threat offensively all year, he brings much more to the table for us. He's shown great leadership and is reliable in all situations,” said Minot head coach Marty Murray.

2nd Star: Brady Bjork, F, St. Cloud Blizzard

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Ben Almquist, F, Austin Bruins – Brady Bjork, F, St. Cloud Blizzard – Jakub Breault, F, Aberdeen Wings – Mack Byers, F, Aberdeen Wings – Jacob Herter, F, Minnesota Wilderness – Blake Holmes, D, Minnesota Wilderness – Ville Immonen, F, Minot Minotauros – Grant Johnson, F, Bismarck Bobcats – Connor Mylymok, F, Austin Bruins – Adam Stacho, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Avery Sturtz - Maine Nordiques

Avery Sturtz

Maine Nordiques goaltender Avery Sturtz, 18, made his lone start this past weekend count. The 6’1/174 lbs. native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, stopped all 38 shots that came his way for his first NAHL shutout in a 4-0 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights on Wednesday. For the season, Sturtz is 2-2-1 with a 2.96 goals against average and a .904 save percentage. “We are excited to have Avery receive this award. Since the beginning of the season he has worked hard to develop his game and has come a long way from his experiences, both with the Maine Nordiques and during his call up to the USHL. He was tremendous in this game, especially late, with a few huge stops to help preserve the shutout and get our team back in the win column,” said Maine head coach Nolan Howe.

2nd Star: Kyle Jeffers, F, New Jersey Titans

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Trent Grimshaw, F, Maine Nordiques – Valentino Passarelli, F, Jamestown Rebels – Valerii Rykov, F, Jamestown Rebels – Alex Tracy, G, Johnstown Tomahawks

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Grant Boldt - Chippewa Steel

Grant Boldt

Led by goalie Grant Boldt, 19, the Chippewa Steel got back on track this past weekend with a sweep of the Springfield Jr. Blues. The 6’1/183 lbs. native of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, allowed just a single goal in the two wins, stopping 51 of a possible 52 shots on goal. That included a 25-save shutout in Saturday’s 4-0 win. For the season, Boldt, who is also an NAPHL grad, has a 7-0-0 record with a 2.04 goals against average and a .922 save percentage. “Grant was able to step in after not playing for a few weeks and provide us a spark. He made big saves when we needed him and was steady for us all weekend,” said Steel head coach Carter Foguth.

2nd Star: Brendan Murphy, D, Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Lucas Kanata, F, Minnesota Magicians – Matt Koethe, F, Fairbanks Ice Dogs – Chris Konin, F, Minnesota Magicians – Cody Moline, F, Kenai River Brown Bears – Logan Ritchie, F, Kenai River Brown Bears

 

South Star of the Week: Vincent Corcoran - Topeka Pilots

Vincent Corcoran

The Topeka Pilots picked up a weekend road sweep in Odessa against the Jackalopes and defenseman Vincent Corcoran, 18, had his first breakout weekend of the year. The 5’7/145 lbs. native of Plainfield, Illinois, recorded his first points of the year, which included four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in the two wins. On Friday, Corcoran had the game-winning goal and two assists in an 8-2 win. On Saturday, he had another goal in a 3-1 win. “Vincent has been a steady performer for us all season. He has focused on the details in his game and finally saw some offensive production this past weekend. We look for him to bring his tireless work ethic and positive attitude to the rink each day and watch his play on the ice continue to improve,” said Topeka head coach Simon Watson.

2nd Star: Taylor Ewing, F, New Mexico Ice Wolves

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Erik Bargholtz, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Ryan Coughlin, F, Corpus Christi IceRays – Austin McCarthy, F, Topeka Pilots

 

Stars of the Week Week of November 25, 2019sponsored by Bauer

Central Star of the Week: Ben Almquist - Austin Bruins

Ben Almquist

In a weekend home-and-home sweep of the Minnesota Magicians, Austin Bruins forward Ben Almquist, 20, had five points, which included three goals, two assists and a +6 rating. On Friday, the 6’0/175 lbs. native of Victoria, Minnesota, had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 home win over the Magicians. On Saturday, Almquist had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist in a 5-2 road win. For the season, Almquist leads the Bruins in scoring with 20 points in 22 games played. “Ben had a great weekend for us. I thought Ben and his line mates worked really hard to earn scoring chances. He plays in all situations for us and leads by example. We hope that the NCAA schools see that and it earns him Division 1 scholarship,” said Bruins head coach Steve Howard.

2nd Star: Brett Miller, G, Austin Bruins

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Connor Beatty, F, Aberdeen Wings – Ethan Gauer, D, Bismarck Bobcats – Sam Metcalf, G, St. Cloud Blizzard – Cade Neilson, F, Aberdeen Wings – Tim Piechowski, F, Bismarck Bobcats

 

East Star of the Week: Christian Gorscak - Johnstown Tomahawks

Christian Gorscak

Johnstown Tomahawks forward and Niagara University recruit Christian Gorscak, 19, had a big weekend to help his club to a weekend home sweep of the Maryland Black Bears. The 5’11/185 lbs. native of Jeanette, Pennsylvania, had six points (2 goals, 4 assists) and was +3 in the two wins. On Friday, Gorscak, who also an NAPHL grad, had a goal and three assists in a 5-4 overtime win. On Saturday, he scored the overtime-winning goal and had an assist in another 5-4 win. For the season, Gorscak leads his team in scoring with 28 points in 26 games played. “Christian had a fantastic weekend for us. He scored some big goals and both games were tough and emotional. His game has seemed to elevate since committing to Niagara University earlier this season, which is the sign of a humble, driven player. It has been super exciting as a coach to watch the strides he has made so far this year and we will be relying on him heavily the rest of this season,” said Tomahawks head coach Mike Letizia.

2nd Star: Hampus Rydqvist, D, Maryland Black Bears

Honorable Mention (alphabetical): Nikita Asylaev, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Aden Bruich, F, Maryland Black Bears – Matt Cameron, F, New Jersey Titans – Cannon Green, F, Maine Nordiques – Lincoln Hatten, F, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights – Noah Kane, F, Maine Nordiques – Renars Karkls, D, Jamestown Rebels – Max Kouznetsov, F, Johnstown Tomahawks – Mitch Machlitt, F, New Jersey Titans – Noah West, G, Jamestown Rebels

 

Midwest Star of the Week: Landon Pavlisin - Kenai River Brown Bears

Landon Pavlisin

There may be no hotter team in the NAHL than the Kenai River Brown Bears, who increased their lead atop the Midwest Division thanks to a three-game weekend home sweep of their rival, the Fairbanks Ice Dogs. Brown Bears goalie Landon Pavlisin, 20, started and won all three games, helping the Brown Bears extend their winning streak to 10 straight games. The 6’0/170 lbs. native of Orange, California, stopped 116 of 126 shots in the three games, and has won his last 10 straight starts. That included 34 saves in a 5-3 win on Thursday, 38 saves in a 6-4 win on Friday, and 44 saves in a 4-3 shootout win on Saturday. Pavlisin currently leads the NAHL with 16 wi